When you work with a recruiter to find a job in the energy industry, you may go through several rounds of interviews. Your first interview may be with the recruiter directly, and you will likely have one or more interviews with the employer.

Every interview is a dialogue. It’s an opportunity not only to present your work, but to learn more about the company and the position to determine whether this career step is right for you. Here are several questions that will help you get to the heart of the matter.

Can you walk me through a typical day in this position?

Questions about the job help you gain an inside perspective about the position. They also demonstrate to the employer you’re genuinely interested in ensuring you’re up to the task—and this is the job you want. Questions about onboarding or training can also help you determine what to expect and gauge how well you’ll mesh with the existing team.

What are the goals and plans for this company?

Both the recruiter and the hiring manager should be able to give you an overview of the company’s goals and its general direction. Asking questions can help you determine whether you’ll find it fulfilling to contribute toward these goals. If you don’t get a clear and enthusiastic answer to this question, take note: it could be a sign of poor support or poor communication.

What’s the next step in the hiring process, and who should I talk to if I have additional questions?

Asking about the next step indicates your enthusiasm. It also helps you stay “in the loop,” so you’ll be able to plan your continued job search, errands and other tasks around potentially important dates. Asking who to speak to with additional questions can also help you identify the people at the company who should receive a personalized thank-you note once your interview is over.

Looking for your next career step in the oil and gas industry? Talk to the recruiters at FootBridge Energy Services. We specialize in connecting professionals with job opportunities and employers in the energy industry.